Loco Bloco’s mission is to promote San Francisco youth’s healthy transition into adulthood by engaging them in the creation and performance of music, dance, and theater traditions reflecting the cultural diversity of the Americas. Loco Bloco encourages its youth to use multicultural arts forms as a tool for their own empowerment and as a catalyst to help them overcome discrimination and bring about change in their communities.
Driven by tireless passion and their mission to reach as many people as possible
Native Elements on average clocks-in 50-80 shows a year crossing continents,
borders and city limits from Oregon to San Diego to Baja California, Mexico, France,
Belgium, and Hawaii. They have toured with Steel Pulse, Midnite and Bunny Wailer while also sharing bills with reggae royalty, Third World, Black Uhuru, Don Carlos, and Alpha Blondy among dozens of others. As a back up band, Native Elements has supported Hawaii’s own Humble Soul, Marty Dread, J Boog and Jamaica’s own Luciano.
Formed in the bedroom of drummer Chris Cortez in Daly City, CA the band grew from a seed planted by lead singer Jose Pangan after his first trip to Jamaica in 1994. He soon traded his Bad Brains records for early Black Uhuru and Mighty Diamond mix tapes which provided a perfect soundtrack to their favorite past time, skateboarding. Cortez, who was also transitioning out of his punk rock days, had just disbanded his high school thrash band, “Demented” taking along with him Jaime Duran (bass) and Peter Hadden (keys) to soon form the early incarnation of Native Elements. They later enlisted the keyboard/trumpet and trombone talents of Benjamin Thompson and Mike Heuser who both came from playing funk, soul and jazz with the funky Motivators. Saxophonist, Mike Baz entered the in the year 2000 opening a new level of excitement and improvisation to their live shows.
Together, the band has developed their own innovative style of soulful, energetic, roots reggae incorporating smooth lovers rock and hard hitting original rockers rhythms all fostered by the fearless San Francisco Bay Area community. They have 3 self-produced commercial recordings that have earned them California Music Award nominations, honorable mentions and invaluable respect and adoration from their Jamaican brethren the Twinkle Brothers, Abassinians and The Mighty Diamonds. Without a doubt the band has stood the test of time garnering a devout following and reputation as one the best reggae bands born in the SF Bay Area holding down an authentic and well-seasoned Champion sound.
JAH WARRIOR SHELTOR
Jah Warrior Shelter’s Jah Yzer, I-vier & Irie Dole have established themselves as one of California’s leading sounds, winning 9 Sound Clash titles. Each selector in the crew has his unique style, earning well deserved recognition, not only as a clash sound, but a top juggling sound as well. In The Bay Area, you can always find a Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi dance to go to and have a good time, either with individual selectors or together as one sound.
My Name is DEJAVU I’m From Oakland Ca, I love Music I live and Breathe it I started singing at the age of four and performing in talent shows about 5 and up I knew I was Destined for it and I’ve been writing and performing Being In Choirs . I Find peace in music it’s my Muse and serenity I plan to Open a Program for Young Creative youth as space for them to be groomed on their gifts and Be mentored and feel safe.
Anjali Asha, whose name translates to ‘Offering Hope’, is an American singer/songwriter, born into a music loving family. Her unique cultural background influenced her with a wide spectrum of music growing up. Unknown to anyone, Anjali began writing lyrics as early she learned to write and soon after discovering singing was a passion.
At nine years old she amazed her music producer father by singing him a song she had written. Anjali convinced him to record the song for her, “What I will be when I grow up”, class project. A natural at creating melodies with an interest in various music genres has helped her define a style all her own. Some of her biggest influences include Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Etta James, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
In June of 2018, Anjali had just completed her debut album for release when a car accident involving a drunk driver changed everything. After multiple surgeries and given a minimum of eighteen months recovery time, she was told she also may never sing again. Anjali defied doctors’ and just two months into her recovery she began writing. Waiting for upcoming surgeries, she inspired her team to get back to work. Seven months later with titanium plates in her face and still recovering, Anjali proudly announced her new debut album titled, “CHINGONA”.
When asked about her album, Anjali said, “As a whole I want “CHINGONA” to make people feel good. It’s an upbeat album representing growth and lessons learned. I want listeners to be able to come with me, through the introspection that brought every word, and to read into the deeper meanings behind the lyrics. That not only sums up struggles but influences a new attitude on how to process and push through them into a new chapter. My goal was to capture ambition, positivity, triumph and resilience.”
Emcee/Rapper Deuce Eclipse and Co-founder/Vocalist of Bang Data, is driven by a desire to express himself through music. His goal is to create an open universal sound, which he describes as “Freedom Style” or “Indigenous Noise.” Deuce spent his childhood immersed in music and has been rapping, beat-boxing and singing since he was nine. He draws influence from both his Nicaraguan heritage as well as the culture of Hip-Hop he grew up with in the States. It is Deuce’s creative openness that enables him to create a unique sound that breaks the conventional bonds of culture and style.
Cecegocraziii. “I was born and raised in Oakland Ca. Im ❌NOT❌ a rapper I Spit Lyrics. I educate threw my music, and I also inspire all black and brown people to know their truth, live their truth, and always believe we can do whatever we put our mind to. I create music not just for me but for all who needs it to heal”.
Cecegocrazii is the MESSENGER.